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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Higher Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
91825  Higher Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies 
ORIGINATOR
Central University of Technology, Free State 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
CHE - Council on Higher Education  HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Higher Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2021-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2022-06-30   2025-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:
The qualification aims to produce engineering technicians and technologists who are capable of functioning within the modern technological environment and contribute to the socio-economic development in the country. The qualification also intends to produce innovative and visionary graduates for tomorrow's technological needs contributing to socio-economic developments of the community. The purpose of the Higher Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies (HC: RET) is to position a suitable learner academically with an appropriate mix of relevant subjects in order to obtain employment or add value to current employment as an installation and maintenance provider for clients in using renewable energy technologies. Alternatively, it will strengthen an insufficient profile for entering into a Diploma.

Rationale:
Considering the international commitments of the South African Government, it is a given that the move towards technologies for renewable energy will gain momentum. Closely analogous arguments to those in the water sector arise regarding energy. Electricity production in South Africa is currently operating close to its margins and, by global standards, with an unacceptable carbon footprint. There is currently a significant drive for establishing a range of alternative energy technologies, with solar and wind energy ventures. There is a need for technical capacity to back up the implementation of these innovations in the differing urban and rural contexts of South Africa. The Environment and Engineering Faculties would be involved and the institution will collaborate with partner universities in Ulm and Aalen. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that learners have achieved:
  • The level of numeracy and literacy skills associated with the entry requirements into the qualification.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in the relevant medium of instruction at NQF Level 4.

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
    The primary market for recruiting learners to the qualification will be school leavers with an interest in working in the engineering industry. However, applications from adult learners who have a similar interest in the qualification will also be considered for admission to the programme. Selection of such learners will be conducted on an individual basis in accordance with the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy of the CUT.

    RPL applications for the institution are received by the Centre for Assessments and Graduations. The candidates are required to complete a RPL application document. Accompanying the RPL application must be certified copies of all previous qualifications and a comprehensive portfolio of evidence, reflecting on extensive work learning. Once the institution's RPL coordinator has deemed the RPL application as being complete, the portfolio will be sent to the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology for assessment. The faculty's RPL committee assesses the candidate's portfolio thoroughly against the relevant learning outcomes.

    Access to the Qualification:
    To register for the Higher Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies the candidates should be in possession of one of the following, and should include Mathematics and Physical Science:
  • National Senior Certificate (NSC), granting access to Certificate Studies.
    Or
  • Senior Certificate with Matriculation Exemption.
    Or
  • National Certificate (Vocational), at NQF Level 4 granting access to Higher Certificate Studies. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    This qualification consists of a compulsory component comprising seven modules and an elective component, for which 24 credits must be achieved. All the modules are at NQF Level 5 with credits totalling 120.

    Compulsory Modules (96 Credits):
  • Mathematics, 24 Credits.
  • Life skills, 24 Credits.
  • Physics of energy conversion, 12 Credits.
  • Power plant systems and operations (Fossil, Hydro, Bio-Gas, Solar and Wind), 12 Credits.
  • Health and safety, 6 Credits.
  • Basic electrical installation principles, 6 Credits.
  • Storage of wind, solar and biogas converted electricity, 12 Credits.

    Electives: Select module/s to a total of 24 Credits:
  • Solar homestead water heating installation and maintenance, 12 Credits.
  • Solar VC homestead installation and maintenance, 12 Credits.
  • Wind electrical homestead conversion installation and maintenance, 12 Credits.
  • Installation and maintenance of farmstead biogas generation plant and electrical converting devices, 24 Credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Apply engineering principles to systematically diagnose and solve narrowly-defined engineering problems.
    2. Apply knowledge of mathematics, natural science and engineering sciences to carry out a wide range of practical procedures and practices.
    3. Perform procedural designs of narrowly-defined components or processes to meet desired needs within applicable standards, codes of practice and legislation.
    4. Conduct tests, experiments and measurements of narrowly-defined engineering problems by applying relevant codes and manufacturers' specifications.
    5. Use appropriate established techniques, resources and modern engineering tools, including information technology, for the solution of narrowly-defined engineering problems, with an awareness of the limitations.
    6. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, within an engineering context.
    7. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the impact of engineering activity on society and the environment.
    8. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic engineering management principles.
    9. Understand and commit to ethics, responsibilities and norms of engineering practice.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
    This qualification allows all the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes to be addressed. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    The following Assessment Criteria are applied in an intergrated manner across all Exit Level Outcomes.
  • The basic physics of energy conversion into electricity is explained.
  • The basic economics and finance of sustainable electricity practices are explained.
  • Basic calculations relevant to quantities and costs related to the installation of renewable energy conversion equipment and the storage and distribution of converted electricity are performed.
  • Fundamental knowledge of the engineering properties of materials and their basic testing, as well as the typical application in mechanical design of these materials, is demonstrated.
  • Fundamental knowledge of the engineering properties of materials and their basic testing, as well as the typical application in mechanical design of these materials, is demonstrated.
  • Perform basic calculations related to physics in the conversion of energy into electricity.
  • The basic common and different features of a variety of electricity power plant systems and operations are explained in relation to a national/regional/macro grid.
  • Basic managerial principles are described.
  • Simple plumbing and electrical connections are installed.
  • The basic principles of the installation of electrical connections are described.
  • The need in real construction, installation and maintenance to co-operate with other trades (e.g. plumbing) is explained.
  • Basic conventions of professional discourse are applied appropriately in writing and orally.
  • An academic text is read and integrated into learning activities to enhance knowledge.
  • Appropriate technology is applied in presentation skills.
  • Principles in the storage of wind, solar and biogas converted electricity are described.
  • Health and safety principles are explained and demostrated.
  • Basic health and safety drills are performed.

    Integrated Assessment:
    There are no strict policies and regulations governing the number of tests and assignments that must be given per academic year. Assessment methods can include tests, class participation activities, presentations, independent projects, simulations and formal examinations. All tests, assignments and projects constitute 40% and the examination mark constitutes 60% of the final year mark. Practical subjects are handled as continuous evaluation subjects. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The Department of Built Environment at the Instituid Teicneolaiochta Luimnigh in Ireland offers a Higher Certificate in Sustainable Building and Renewable Energy. The qualification was developed in partnership with industry to advance the Green Economy concept, with specific emphasis on the principles and application of Renewable Energy Technologies. Learners are expected to have Mathematics and English or Irish to register for the qualification.

    Modules:
  • Renewable Energy Technology 1.
  • Building Systems 1 and 2.
  • Construction Technology.
  • Measurement and Mathematics.
  • Learning and Research Skills.
  • Conservation and Architectural Heritage.
  • Building Regulations.
  • Renewable Energy Technology 2.
  • Sustainable Construction Technology and Planning.
  • Sustainable Building Services 1.
  • Building Pathology.
  • Building Computer Aided Design.
  • Built Environment Law.
  • Practical Conservation.
  • Project Cost Management.

    Saint Francis University's School of Business in the United States of America is offering an online Renewable Energy Certificate designed to provide working professionals with the knowledge and real-world, practical perspectives on renewable energy and alternative energy technologies necessary for a career in this fast growing new industry. The Certificate is unique because it focuses on the business and policy aspects of the industry.

    Modules:
  • Introduction to Wind Energy.
  • Wind Energy Project Planning and Financing.
  • Project Cost and Risk Management.
  • Renewable Energy Applications.

    Conclusion:
    Changes in the environment and the need to conserve natural resources necessitate a need for the development of strategies and implementation of these plans. The HC: RET compares favourably with international qualifications with the same focus. These qualifications support a Green Economy and focus on developing a learner who will participate in the quest to saving the environment. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The Higher Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies will articulate:

    Horizontally with qualifications at NQF Level 5 in a similar focus area such as:
  • National Certificate in Electrical Engineering in Renewable Energy.
  • Certificate in Engineering Management.
  • National Certificate in Engineering and Related Design.
    Or
    Vertically with qualifications at NQF Level 6 or 7 such as:
  • Diploma in Electrical Engineering.
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics and Chemistry.
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics and Applied Physics.
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessments conducted at exit points of the qualification are externally moderated by appropriately qualified people who have been appointed according to clear criteria and procedures and who conduct their responsibilities in terms of clear guidelines. External moderators are independent experts in their fields, with qualifications at least on the same level as the qualification being examined and are recommended by the Examining Academic Department for approval by the Faculty Board. External moderators are not appointed as part of a reciprocal arrangement and are changed after three years. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Any assessor must be a recognised expert in their discipline or sub-field, with qualifications in the relevant discipline at a higher NQF level than that of the modules being assessed. The assessor should be currently teaching or have 3 years' experience of teaching in Higher Education and Training, or be recognised by academic peers as an authority in the particular discipline. 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


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    1. Central University of Technology, Free State 



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